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I'm Sick and Tired...
By Michael Fredrickson

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of General Manager Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. You email comments to Michael@fortbendstar.com.


...of tinhorn dictators running down the world’s greatest gift to poor nations - capitalism. This global warming summit in Copenhagen was more insidious than I first thought. The conference gave Venezuela’s dictator, Hugo Chavez, a national stage to demean capitalism, which he referred to as the silent and terrible ghost. According to reports the “applause was deafening.” Why is the United States of America participating in anything with the likes of these socialists?

This farce is a shakedown of industrialized nations. I don’t understand what Venezuela, Brazil, and some of these other countries are whining about when they would need to pony-up some dinero for their carbon emission to so-called poor nations that have practically zero (oh yeah, except for breathing!).

Venezuela would not have the GNP it has today if not for the decades of capitalism and private enterprise that built the economy before Chavez took it over and nationalized privately built companies.

During and after Chavez’s venomous speech he got standing ovations for slamming private enterprise and espousing socialism as the savior of the planet.

Capitalism has done more to improve the lives of human beings than any other economic practice. In fact, even relatively undeveloped countries around the world rely on tourism as a vital contribution to their GDP.

Tanzania and other African countries within the Serengeti have recently discovered this economic contribution to their GDP and cater to wildlife tourism. People that have earned a living in capitalist systems from all over the world flock to these nations. Don’t countries all over the world rely on so-called “carbon-emitter” nations to provide some kind of economic benefit in their countries?

This entire carbon cap payment is entirely backwards. These socialists and dictators in Copenhagen want us to cut our carbon-emissions AND pay them for the pleasure. Have you ever heard the phrase “bend over?” They have this whole process inside out.

Okay lets just play along with them and believe their theory that human’s breathing and electricity-generating power plants releasing carbon dioxide will increase the world’s average temperature and somehow harm some island nations like Tuvalu.

If the U. S. government demands that every industry cut carbon emissions by some arbitrary amount, then they will need to be compensated by these countries alleging they will be harmed. You see, these paying countries will not have to do a thing, but make payments directly to affected industries (no government or Wall Street involvement). These unindustrialized, third-world countries will not have to cut anything or change their way of life whatsoever.

If they want, and the government demands, that Reliant Energy reduce carbon emission, instead of Reliant passing on to us consumers a huge increase in electric bills (Obama actually said ‘electric bills would necessarily skyrocket’) Tuvalu can pay the difference. After all, they don’t have to change their industry and they are the one’s that don’t want the sea level to rise.

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